How often do you blame your team for not functioning at 100%?

Do you feel too involved in the day-to-day?

While it is easy to point fingers and try to control the operations, it is counterproductive.

For your business and for you.

Leading your team is a skill that needs to be mastered.

If you want to spend most of your time working ON your business, enhancing it is paramount.

The solution comes down to doing the following:

Make sure employees can own their job.

What we discuss:

– What owning a job looks like

– How to give employees the ownership they need and deserve

– What you can do to make them work without your interference

– How you can let go of control more

– How giving them ownership benefits you

A new episode is published every Friday.

We also go live on LinkedIn every Thursday 10:30 EST / 16:30 CET

More about us and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:

David Foster | www.davidafoster.com | www.linkedin.com/in/davidfoster

Rachelle Leerling | www.growtribute.com | www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling

As the leader of your business, often people aren’t honest with you. Yes-nodding might be part of your everyday business life. Or, they are not completely open about how they feel.

The people around you have their reasons for not speaking up. Their feedback on your leadership, or your ways of working, might be detrimental to their job.

Yet, a business can only grow from learnings and new ways of thinking. The people on the job can sense things you cannot. And more views can lead to breakthroughs in processes, products, customer journeys, or simply the day-to-day company culture.

So it’s time to open up to alternative views and see the benefits of more pairs of eyes on your business…

On Thursday, the Thriving Entrepreneur’s 15 Minutes will be about “How entrepreneurs can encourage criticism and alternative views”.

What we discuss:

  • The difference between clear leadership and my-way-or-the-high-way
  • How to know if you are keeping criticism and alternative views under the rug
  • How to ask for feedback and criticism from your team
  • How to create a safe space and a culture of progressive feedback
  • What to change about your attitude and behavior in order to let feedback in
  • How your company can benefit from new views and new ways

A new episode is published every Friday.

We also go live on LinkedIn every Thursday 10:30 EST / 16:30 CET

More about us and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:

David Foster | www.davidafoster.com | www.linkedin.com/in/-davidfoster

Rachelle Leerling | www.growtribute.com | www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling

Some entrepreneurs/founders see their people-pleasing behavior as a badge of honor. Giving the investors, team and other stakeholders what they think they need. Yes, sometimes sacrifices (against ourselves) need to be made for the sake of business success. But it shouldn’t be the normal behavior we leaders and entrepreneurs have. While being nice and staying on speaking terms is what we want to achieve by doing so, often it has a counter effect. And that is hurting your business.

For instance:

  • The hard conversation about a disagreement is not held between you and another founder. Avoiding it makes matters worse. The elephant in the room is blown up, while it could’ve easily been solved.
  • You don’t want to lose your position, status or pride by communicating something, while that is exactly what is happening behind your back.
  • Your team member is not doing his/her work right. That causes your customer to get low-quality service. You avoid the conversation as you believe feedback can only be done in a harsh way and that would hurt him/her personally.

So the question of today’s episode is: Why is only people pleasing as an entrepreneur/founder bad for your business?

Things David & Rachelle talked about:

  • The kind of culture that comes from a people-pleasing leader
  • The inevitable disagreements between founders/leaders is good
  • Why some co-founders don’t talk about the hard stuff (anymore) and the effects of that
  • Why not being open, honest and authentic hurts your business results
  • How people pleasing is choosing others over yourself and knowing better
  • How to stay in connection with the other party while in that hard conversation

David Foster & Rachelle Leerling are founder and entrepreneur coaches. We have weekly thought-provoking discussions about how to thrive as an entrepreneur. No fluff.

New episodes are published every Friday.

We also go live on LinkedIn every Thursday 10:30 EST / 16:30 CET

More about us and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:

David Foster | www.davidafoster.com | www.linkedin.com/in/-davidfoster

Rachelle Leerling | www.growtribute.com | www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling

Are the problems in your business rooted in being overwhelmed? How can you tell?

What do you have to decide or how do you make sure that you’re not becoming overwhelmed and justifying it?

We know the benefits of being on top of our game: if you are not continually overwhelmed, the work you do, the unexpected challenges and bumps in the road will be less of a challenge. You’ll make better decisions, more quickly and make better progress.

But how do you get there?

Or, maybe better put, how do you keep from getting overwhelmed every day?

Where are you with feeling overwhelmed as a founder or entrepreneur?

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A new episode is published every Friday.

We also go live on LinkedIn every Thursday 10:30 EST / 16:30 CET

More about us and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:

David Foster | www.davidafoster.com | www.linkedin.com/in/-davidfoster

Rachelle Leerling | www.growtribute.com | www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling

Much of a founder’s direction can be characterized as “hope beyond reason” (with a nod to Bruce Springsteen for the phrase).

But where is hope’s limit? At what point does reason rule, no matter how hard we hope?

As founders, we create and develop something that many people would consider out of reach, too difficult, or not worthwhile. But we do it anyway, and with perseverance, guidance, support, and luck, we can be successful.

But sometimes we fail.

And a lot of times, the trap is that the startup hustle culture tells us that reason’s resistance to achieving lofty goals is less powerful than it actually turns out to be.

A new episode is published every Friday.

We also go live on LinkedIn every Thursday 10:30 EST / 16:30 CET

More about us and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:

David Foster | www.davidafoster.com | www.linkedin.com/in/-davidfoster

Rachelle Leerling | www.growtribute.com | www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling

How do you know where your business is headed?

Does the day-to-day demand determine your path?

How do you know where to head?

Well, you have a mission statement. Right there on the website, with a bold headline and crafted prose.

But really, what does a mission statement do? How important is it?

Rachelle and David take on this very topic this Thursday (courtesy of Jack Bradley’s question).

Last week we talked about how an entrepreneur can communicate vision in everyday actions, and in a bit of a backwards direction, this week we are talking about how important the mission statement really is.

  • Who is the mission statement for?

  • How can an entrepreneur craft and use a mission statement?

  • How does that mission statement inform your priorities and what your employees do?

What is your experience with mission statements? Do you use one? Did you once?

A new episode is published every Friday.

We also go live on LinkedIn every Thursday 10:30 EST / 16:30 CET

More about us and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:

David Foster | www.davidafoster.com | www.linkedin.com/in/-davidfoster

Rachelle Leerling | www.growtribute.com | www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling

Do you sometimes wonder whether the people you work with understand what you’ve laid out as a vision for the business you started?

Does what you see and hear day to day reflect what your business is all about?

Many founders and entrepreneurs have similar concerns and questions. People are working, but sometimes the direction of that work isn’t heading in the same direction.

Fair questions to ask:

Why would the people who work with you understand the vision you have for the business you started?

Thursday Rachelle and David ask how a founder can communicate his or her vision through everyday actions, and why communicating that way is often much more important than a page on the website or what you say during onboarding a new employee.

  • What is the “experience of you”?
  • Is there a difference between what your vision is and what employees understand?
  • What can you look for in your own business to understand what’s happening with this?

We stick to 15 minutes on LinkedIn so you can get valuable insights quickly.

No fluff.

No fortune cookie wisdom.

A new episode is published every Friday.

We also go live on LinkedIn every Thursday 10:30 EST / 16:30 CET

More about us and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:

David Foster | www.davidafoster.com | www.linkedin.com/in/-davidfoster

Rachelle Leerling | www.growtribute.com | www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling

In order for your business to succeed, every employee must be inspired to work to the best of their ability.

Right?

We are often asked in a variety of ways how to inspire and motivate employees. How do we get them to understand the importance of what we want and what we are trying to do?

It’s true that founders and entrepreneurs often have to clearly communicate their dream and mission to those around them – customers, investors, and employees.

But *how* we communicate this, and the relationship it has with your employees can be the difference between a successful path and a frustrating one.

This week Rachelle and David discuss

– What is behind employees’ motivations

– How to look at what you’re doing with employees

– Questions to ask to discover the meaning for your employees

– Why just “trading your money for their time” rarely works out very well.

Where do you struggle with motivating employees?

What has worked for you? What hasn’t?

A new episode is published every Friday.

We also go live on LinkedIn every Thursday 10:30 EST / 16:30 CET

More about us and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:

David Foster | www.davidafoster.com | www.linkedin.com/in/-davidfoster

Rachelle Leerling | www.growtribute.com | www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling

In this Thanksgiving episode, Rachelle and David discuss the reasons how a founder can be thankful – and why.

Everything in the universe is a combination of dark and light, and being able to see both is a superpower when it comes to running the business you started.

A new episode is published every Friday.

We also go live on LinkedIn every Thursday 10:30 EST / 16:30 CET

More about us and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:

David Foster | www.davidafoster.com | www.linkedin.com/in/-davidfoster

Rachelle Leerling | www.growtribute.com | www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling

As a founder and entrepreneur, how do you decide what hat not to put on at work?

If you don’t have a structure for figuring out your limits and ways to deal with them, you could be flirting with a lot of problems.

We are responsible for so much of the business when we start it – sometimes all of it in the first days.

But we are not all equally skilled at different specialities. Some of us are better and more efficient at different areas, we have accumulated different skills and knowledge over time, and how well we perform at certain areas is different from person to person.

This week, Rachelle and David will discuss ways we can think about our limits in business.

  • What can I ask myself to evaluate my limits?
  • How to expand those limits, and when should I?
  • How can we evaluate our limits vs. interests vs. needs?
  • What is the benefit and cost of framing decisions about our limits before we take a path, and how do we change?
  • Are the necessary costs of working at our limit a net benefit or cost?

How do you manage your limits and what would improvement look like?

A new episode is published every Friday.

We also go live on LinkedIn every Thursday 10:30 EST / 16:30 CET

More about us and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:

David Foster | www.davidafoster.com | www.linkedin.com/in/-davidfoster

Rachelle Leerling | www.growtribute.com | www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling